Startup Sauna Accelerator

Startup Sauna connects the most promising startups from Nordics, Eastern Europe and Russia with experienced serial entrepreneurs, investors and other industry experts through an intensive one month accelerator program. We focus heavily on business development: from finding a scalable business model to understanding the target market and customers’ needs, and from pitching to putting together an investor deck. Naturally, technical help is also available.

The best teams of each batch are brought to Silicon Valley after the accelerator program to get understanding of the US market, that is, to meet investors, media, customers and potential partners.

Once accepted to Startup Sauna, a company also gets access to Slush, the leading startup event in Europe. In 2015 Slush attracted more than 15.000 attendees, 1.500 startups, 800 investors and 700 media representatives.

Startup Sauna is a non-profit organization and its events and programs are free-of-charge.

What happens and when?

Startup Sauna is organised twice a year, the Spring program in May 2nd-June 3rd and the Fall program in October-November. The program takes place in our own co-working space in Helsinki, Finland. The application period opens two months before the program starts.

Spring '16 Program: May - June

Application period is now open!

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1on1 Coaching

Meet coaches that are relevant to your business and industry. You’ll receive honest feedback about your business and market opportunity. Our coaches are seasoned serial entrepreneurs and investors who have been through it all.



Learn to tell your story. You’ll present your business credibly to investors, potential partners, media, and huge audiences with or without slides. The focus is on getting the contents of your pitch straight instead of charisma or stage antics.


Hands-on Help

Get the skills and information you need. You’ll get help from industry experts in areas that are essential to early-stage startups. Our partners are ready to help you in all matters concerning for example legal, PR & marketing and fundraising.

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